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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 11:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm asking about the Adidas shoes that Freddie, Brian and Roger wore in 1986 - The magic tour.
I've read some threads in this forum saying the name of those shoes was "Boxing shoes". I also read on wiki and it went "Freddie Mercury wore a pair of white Sambas during Queen's performance at Wembley stadium in 1986."

I don't know why, but I started to love the model (White body with three black stripes). Then I bought Adidas, Adidas and Adidas, (not the Nike's or the Puma's!)
As a matter of fact I never saw anything exactly the same as Queen's these days - only close to. Every time I saw someone who wore that model, I looked fixedly at their shoes to see if they were the same as Queen's...

Questions are:
1. Why Queen wore them?
2. Did John hate them?
3. Do you have ones?
4. Pictures?


My old Adidas
http://www.jake-logan.com/adi.jpg
http://www.jake-logan.com/adi2.jpg

And this is my new ones.
http://www.jake-logan.com/blog/0807/adidas.jpg



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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 13:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah yes, the same feeling I have with most sneakers Freddie has worn on stage.
For example : the onitsuka tiger wrestling shoes from '78 are fantastic as well. Bought a vintage unworn deadstock pair on eBay about a year ago. Lovely shoes.. Quit rare in this condition too.

Never liked the ones Roger and Brian had (standard nike / puma shoes)

The first pair of shoes I totally adored when I was about ten years old are those very same adidas shoes indeed.

About the Adidas shoes. Contary to what many people believe the shoes are not boxing shoes but WRESTLING shoes. They have a very thin sole (perfect for Freddie after his ballet shoe period) and are very flexible.

The exact model is called ADIDAS HERCULES. Almost impossible to find these days in vintage dead stock quality. Here's a picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/grapplergear/2891421144

Good luck with your search!

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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 13:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



 



 



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I'm asking about the Adidas shoes that Freddie, Brian and Roger wore in 1986 - The magic tour.
I've read some threads in this forum saying the name of those shoes was "Boxing shoes". I also read on wiki and it went "Freddie Mercury wore a pair of white Sambas during Queen's performance at Wembley stadium in 1986."

I don't know why, but I started to love the model (White body with three black stripes). Then I bought Adidas, Adidas and Adidas, (not the Nike's or the Puma's!)
As a matter of fact I never saw anything exactly the same as Queen's these days - only close to. Every time I saw someone who wore that model, I looked fixedly at their shoes to see if they were the same as Queen's...

Questions are:
1. Why Queen wore them?
2. Did John hate them?
3. Do you have ones?
4. Pictures?


My old Adidas
http://www.jake-logan.com/adi.jpg
http://www.jake-logan.com/adi2.jpg

And this is my new ones.
http://www.jake-logan.com/blog/0807/adidas.jpg



 


To answer the questions:

1 Flexible thin sole. Very light weight shoe. Perfect cool looking stage shoe wich can be combined with almost all colors of clothing. Almost perfect (but not as perfect as the Asics 78 wrestling shoes)
2 I don't know.
3 I wish. Very rare and almost impossible to find in vintage unworn deadstock quality in my size (standard 11,5)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/grapplergear/2891421144/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/grapplergear/2890584911/in/photostream/






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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 13:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DAMN...

just did a quick eBay search... the guy who put the flickr photos (no it's not me..) online is selling a vintage deadstock unworn pair Adidas Hercules size 9,5.

Price is reasonable if you ask me... pity it's not my size. 

http://cgi.ebay.nl/ADIDAS-HERCULES-WRESTLING-SHOES-BRAND-NEW_W0QQitemZ180298236010QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item180298236010&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1399%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 17:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John was wearing adidas, so it's reasonable to conclude that he preferred a "regular trainer" feel and just chose something else from their range (there was obviously a deal done with adidas)

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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't really care what shows they waore, to tell the truth.

And I would rather avoid buying anything from brands like Adidas (and if I did, I would probably cover the brand).  They have a poor human rights record.  Plus, they make shoes of kangooro's skin.


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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 22:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always assumed Freddie wore authentic "boxing shoes" because he used to box when he was a young lad attending St. Peters school. He was quite good at it, as well as other sports. He probably liked how they were lightweight and comfortable. All I know is he looked damn good in them.



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Posted: 06 Jan 09, 22:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I never thought this bit of trivia would be of any use but, I know an ex international squash world champion who met Queen back in the day because of a sports footwear sponsorship deal!


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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 03:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Crisstti wrote:

I don't really care what shows they waore, to tell the truth.

And I would rather avoid buying anything from brands like Adidas (and if I did, I would probably cover the brand).  They have a poor human rights record.  Plus, they make shoes of kangooro's skin.


Which shoe company doesn't use animal skin?

How does covering up the branding help address the human rights issue?






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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 05:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ducksoup you know your trainers!

I presume at the time Queen must have been in some kind of sponsorship deal with adidas - and would have had the choice of the entire adidas catalogue. Freddie, Brian and Roger obviously went for the rarer look and John felt a more sensible shoe would help his on stage 'bouncy dancing'!

I have no doubts about the rarity of the these trainers you mention but I bet if Brian or Roger wanted a new pair then adidas wouldn't have any problem in accommodating them..........It's not what you know........but who you know! Bloody Rockstars!

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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I noticed the other day that Freddie appears to be wearing Nike at Milton Keynes.  I might be mistaken but it sure looked so.  Maybe he was "shopping around" to see which was more comfortable.


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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 11:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's my black ones size 11.5 (uk). Used to belong to my dad. These are exactly the same as Freddies, have the white ones too but in the loft.

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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 13:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Bad Seed wrote:

Here's my black ones size 11.5 (uk). Used to belong to my dad. These are exactly the same as Freddies, have the white ones too but in the loft.



Very nice! Thanks for posting!



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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 13:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Rotwang wrote:

I noticed the other day that Freddie appears to be wearing Nike at Milton Keynes.  I might be mistaken but it sure looked so.  Maybe he was "shopping around" to see which was more comfortable.





Yes. Great shoes as well! Also wrestling shoes by the way.
Brian did wear nike shoes as well, but just the common type Nike Cortez. Not a model I really like. 



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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 13:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Glass Joe wrote:

Ducksoup you know your trainers!

I presume at the time Queen must have been in some kind of sponsorship deal with adidas - and would have had the choice of the entire adidas catalogue. Freddie, Brian and Roger obviously went for the rarer look and John felt a more sensible shoe would help his on stage 'bouncy dancing'!

I have no doubts about the rarity of the these trainers you mention but I bet if Brian or Roger wanted a new pair then adidas wouldn't have any problem in accommodating them..........It's not what you know........but who you know! Bloody Rockstars!


Well yeah.. I like sneakers you know. Back in 1986 the shoes were not rare of course. Those are just normal
wrestling shoes. To own a pair in deadstock (unworn) quality in 2009 is quite rare.






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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 13:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Bad Seed wrote:

Here's my black ones size 11.5 (uk). Used to belong to my dad. These are exactly the same as Freddies, have the white ones too but in the loft.

You have a very nice monitor !







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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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Crisstti wrote:



I don't really care what shows they waore, to tell the truth.

And I would rather avoid buying anything from brands like Adidas (and if I did, I would probably cover the brand).  They have a poor human rights record.  Plus, they make shoes of kangooro's skin.



Which shoe company doesn't use animal skin?

How does covering up the branding help address the human rights issue?






I don't know which one.

It does because that way you're not promoting their brand.







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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 16:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

... or have to get permission from the company to use them in your rap video.

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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Rotwang wrote:

I noticed the other day that Freddie appears to be wearing Nike at Milton Keynes.  I might be mistaken but it sure looked so.  Maybe he was "shopping around" to see which was more comfortable.



1982 sponsorship deal was with Nike.
1986 sponsorship deal was with adidas.





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Posted: 07 Jan 09, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Crisstti wrote:



 



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Crisstti wrote:



 



I don't really care what shows they waore, to tell the truth.

And I would rather avoid buying anything from brands like Adidas (and if I did, I would probably cover the brand).  They have a poor human rights record.  Plus, they make shoes of kangooro's skin.



 



Which shoe company doesn't use animal skin?

How does covering up the branding help address the human rights issue?






I don't know which one.

It does because that way you're not promoting their brand.






I'm not sure you should be talking on the adult threads....